Climate change, water shortages and population growth are putting pressure on food production
Today, we are already seeing the devastating impact that climate change is having on agriculture in places such as Africa, where millions of people face the real threat of starvation every single day because of poor harvests. By 2050, the global population is predicted to rise to 9.6 billion, and producing enough food sustainably will be a major challenge. It is a challenge that will be further compounded by land competition for biofuels, carbon sequestration or bio-diversity and by increasing consumer demand for foods that are ethically produced and with added nutritional benefits.
At NPL, we are supporting farming through our work on robotics and sensors, but also looking at global information on climate change and hydration mapping. Our expertise enables us to make sure measurement data is robust and traceable to international standards.